PAGO QUERIDO (f, 3, Competitive Edge–Lefreakcestchic, by
PAGO QUERIDO (f, 3, Competitive Edge–Lefreakcestchic, by Bellamy Road) became the newest winner for Competitive Edge on Thursday with a Maiden Special Weight victory at Laurel. Dispatched at 10-1 in the cut back to seven furlongs, the dark bay filly broke strong, quickly took the lead while opening up in mid-stretch and never looked back. The Pennsylvania-bred held on under pressure at the wire to win by a half length under jockey Sheldon Russell.
The filly hails from the great Phipps family of Grade I winners Val’s Prince and Goodbye Halo, Grade II winner Living Vicariously, Grade III winner With Distinction, and Grade II winner and Grade I-placed Sightseeing.
The winner has a yearling half-sister named Nice Shoes (Blofeld) and a weanling half-brother by Tonalist. Her dam was bred back to Lord Nelson.
Sales history: $65,000 RNA Ylg ’18 EASOCT; $235,000 2yo ’19 KEEAPR.
Lifetime Record: 3-1-0-0, $28,080.
O-Highlander Training Center; B-Steven & Jane Long (PA); T-Michael Stidham.
Clark Shepherd (Shepherd Equine Advisers), bloodstock agent for Larry Hirsch (Highlander Training Center), purchased Pago Querido at the 2019 Keeneland April 2YO’s in Training Sale from the consignment of Kirkwood Stables.
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